Gallbladder removed. Am I having gas pains?

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   Posted 2/4/2012 10:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Had my gallbladder removed Wednesday - 4 hole laparascopy, nice and simple. Was home by noon feeling amazingly well! Today is Saturday. Felt great the first two days after surgery but last night started having pain in my lower back on the left side. That's not the normal place for gas pains from what I've read here and other sites - think this could be gas pains? As long as I'm still it doesn't hurt but when I move to get up and while walking, I can feel it. Tried ice, heat, vibrating massager and hot soaking bath. They all seem to help a little, but not for very long. I have very little soreness on my stomach where the incisions were made. The pain pills I was given after the surgery did fine for the incisions but it doesn't touch this back pain thing.

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   Posted 2/5/2012 8:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Last night the back pain spread to my side and lower abdomen below the incisions. I'm thinking now I quit the pain pills too soon and they really were controlling, just not all of it wink   Went back on the pain pills at  bedtime then took another dose at 3 this morning. Feeling much better, but still have some nagging back pain.
I guess I just need to cool my jets and accept I just had surgery and a little bit of pain is normal..

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   Posted 2/5/2012 9:03 AM (GMT -6)   


       Good morning Stevenj!

           Welocme to the Forum!

       Yes!...I believe it could very well be that your still very fresh from your surgery. Give it some time, maybe a few weeks, and then see how you feel over all.

     The weekends can be a little slow around here, but keep checking the thread, for any advice.

      Again Welcome!...and Enjoy the Forum!

     SE wink

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   Posted 2/5/2012 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi StevenJ, yes it can very well be gas, keep in mind they use air to blow you up with when doing the lap surgeries. When I had my gallbladder out on 2002, the gas was awful. Yhe gas can move around too and get up under your ribs. The best way to get rid of it is to walk.

Yes, the lap surgeries are still surgery no matter what it is. My surgeon insisted I stay home 6 weeks, this was his policy. Well, I worked in an office and went back the following week. Big mistake but once there I felt I had to stay. Had I stayed home 2 weeks I would have felt a lot better I am sure.

Take it easy and remind yourself you do not need to have a large incision to have surgery these days, lol. Keep us posted on how you are doing.
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   Posted 2/5/2012 4:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the warm welcome SE! Aside from having a couple of facial lesions removed and a polyp removed during colonoscopy a couple of years ago (not all at the same time), this is my first time going under the knife. My wife reminded me this morning after having laparoscopic surger about 10-years ago (different procedure), she had pains in unexpected places for a while. I guess I wasn't thinking it all the way through ... figured since there is very little soreness around the incisions there shouldn't be pain or soreness so far away from where the cut'n was done. But evidently it's not that simple ;)

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   Posted 2/5/2012 7:40 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello straydog. Thanks for taking the time to respond to my thread. Today was a pretty good day pain-wise. Spent a lot more time on my feet today than yesterday. That felt good – more normal for me.

My surgeon trecommended 2 weeks of home time. I was thinking about going back after 1 week but am re-thinking that now and will probably take the 2 weeks. Why not?  yeah

I do office work too, a recovering workaholic and until recently my work/life balance was out of whack. Been working on that for about a year and pretty well have that under control now.

I’m a treadmill guy and started walking again Friday. Taking it slow ... about 1.5 mph.

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   Posted 2/5/2012 9:53 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, you are having gas pains. I've had 4 laparoscopy surgeries, with my last one being having my gallbladder removed and each time I had gas pains in really weird places- the most uncomfortable was in my shoulders. I agree what others have said- the best thing to do is walk as much as you can, but not overdo it.

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   Posted 2/6/2012 11:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Steven,
You also need to remember that you are now missing a body part...leaving some blank space in there...LOL!!!  Your body kind of has to rearrange you innerds as it were, settling down into the empty space.  Yes, as soon as that rotten organ is out you feel 200% better because you don't have the pain, nausea, and other problems a bad one will cause, but you do still have a few effects of the surgery to get past.  That's why they tell you it's a two week recovery period.  The best thing you can do for yourself is take your pain meds and enjoy lots of rest and relaxation while your body recovers.  You won't be on them forever, so don't worry about taking them for a few more days. 
Best of Luck,
Leigh Ann cool
•On Disability for: Chronic Migraines, serious Back and Knee problems (will need surgery eventually), moderate Depression, Anxiety/Panic disorder, TMJ, stomach problems
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   Posted 2/7/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -6)   

Thanks Firefly, it's hard to identify a pain type you've not had before. I think my challenge now is to not overdo it. The recovery pains pale by comparison to the discomfort of gallbladder attacks. On that note, my first attack was over 3 years ago while on a business trip in the Richmond VA area. Woke up in bed, WIDE AWAKE. It wasn't really painful - felt more like pressure building in my abdomen just below my rib cage in front. The intensity built while I paced the floor with my mind racing ... "what should I do?". After about 40 minutes I felt the pressure letting up and within another 10 minutes it was gone. Whew ... "What the h*77 was that?" From then until January this year, I averaged about two of those per year. January-2 I had an episode that lasted almost 48 hours. It wasn’t as intense as the previous episodes but it lasted almost 48 hours! That's when I finally did something about it. (I know, pretty dumb to roll the dice that long with something like this.)  

Leigh Ann, yes, I feel at least 200% better without the gallbladder! For the last 3 years or so I've had trouble dragging myself out of bed in the morning. My normal get-up time for work is 6 am and managed that dutifully through the years without giving it a second thought. On weekends, I was doing good to make it out of bed by 8, just to make my way to my easy chair to sit and nap for another 2 hours or so. My eyes always felt tired and sleepy even if I wasn't sleepy and didn't feel like doing anything. Pretty much lost all interest in things I used to enjoy. Chronic  fatigue? Depression? Who knows. By about 10:30 or 11 I would make my way out to my shop/office where my treadmill is and begin my routine. 

The day after surgery I was up at 6 am, wide awake! What a strange sensation ... to wake up and actually feel refreshed enough to want to get out of bed. Is this how the other half lives? J I'm trying to take it easy but that's hard to do when feeling so much better than I have in years. That continued until this morning - I was up at 6 and going to the easy chair sounded like a grand idea where I napped for a couple of hours. I'm still feeling very well so I'm probably just needing some rest. I think I’ll work on doing more of that the next  7 days or so J


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   Posted 2/7/2012 1:27 PM (GMT -6)   
The trouble you were experiencing, fatigue, sleeping, a feeling of malaise was all from an infected organ in your body. The low grade infection from the gall bladder or any other organ that is infected, can make you feel very bad. Sometimes, after a surgery an abscess is formed with some patients, That too, can make someone feel awful, even though it is a small encapsulated site. Once it is drained, the patient feels better. Think how much worse, someone with an infected gall bladder or appendix feels.

I agree with your thinking to stay home that extra week and rest. My daughter had laparotomy gall
bladder surgery when she was a teen ager and boy, she really needed the rest. Am I'm pretty much guessing you're not a teenager.

So enjoy your time home, rest, take your meds and drink lots and lots of water for healing and eat fruits and veggies for skin repair as tolerated and lots of protein for cellular repair and get that extra sleep that you need to heal overall. Treat yourself like a patient and not like a man who can accomplish anything. Use care with that treadmill, too.

God's blessings.

Believe in yourself. Be kind to fellow humans and animals. Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.

And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help. I will be there.


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   Posted 2/7/2012 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Linda,
No, I'm not a teenager any more, I turned 56 last month :) I have a followup appointment with my surgeon Thursday next week and am curious what the pathology report may have to say about the removed organ. He told my wife it was inflamed and that's about all I know at this point. One more thing I know: according to the surgeon's read of the ultrasound, it was "full". I asked him if that really meant full or if that's the language they use when a gallbladder has some stones. "Oh, it's full" he said as he handed me a brochure showing the liver, gall bladder, small intestine and etc. The diagram showed a few small stones in the bottom and he drew enough circles on the picture to fill it up, and told me that was my gallbladder.

Thanks for the reminder to eat well. It's always important but especially important when in recovery.

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